European Fintech Takes the Lead as Most Successful Georgian-Led Startup?

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The fintech fields offers tremendous opportunity to grow valuable companies. One of the Top 5 fintechs in Europe is run by Georgian Dr. Tamaz Georgadze!

How did Tamaz turn his intellectual skills into a successful company which raised another $114MM and is poised to buy a German bank to gain their next level of expansion?



Tamaz grew up in a family of chess players with two of the Giorgadze family achieving the status of Grandmasters.  From this background Tamaz demonstrated his early intellectual talents. 

But many brilliant people do not achieve commercial success, and few people in the world have achieved the success he has in growing his company Raisin from nothing to a European fintech powerhouse. 

Join us for a discussion with Tamaz about his journey from a childhood in the Soviet Union to becoming a Grandmaster in the startup world. 

As they say, every “overnight success” has been a long time in the making. Learn about how his education, his time as a partner with a consulting group and his hard work since 2013 produced one of the most successful fintech startups in Europe.   

https://www.raisin.com/press/raisin-customers-invested-eur-4-billion-less-4-years-twice-much-competitors/


Tamaz will also share the factors that led them to acquire a German bank! 
https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/06/raisin-acquires-mhb-bank/ 

The event will take place in the Garden Room at Rooms Hotel with the following agenda:
19:00 Networking over wine from Teliani Valley and refreshments from Rooms Hotel
20:00 Fireside chat with Tamaz Giorgadze 
21:00 Networking over wine


About Our Speaker

In 2013, Dr. Georgadze founded SavingGlobal GmbH, a company which launched the first global deposit intermediation in Europe and he continues to serve as its Executive Director. Prior to founding this company, Dr. Georgadze had a 10-year career at McKinsey & Company in Berlin, where he served as a Partner from 2009 to 2013. At McKinsey & Company, he conducted engagements with banks in Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Georgia and Vietnam, focusing on strategy, risk identification and management, deposit and investment products, operations and sales. Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Dr. Georgadze worked as an aide to the President of Georgia in the Foreign Relations Department from 1994 to 1995.

Currently Dr. Giorgadze serves on the supervisory board of the Bank of Georgia.

Education:

Dr. Georgadze holds two PhDs, one in Economics from Tbilisi State University and the other in Agricultural Economics from JustusLiebig University Gießen, Germany. Dr Georgadze also studied Law at Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen and graduated with honours.

From Zero to $1,000,000+? Lasha Antadze at Startup Grind Tbilisi Feb 5th!

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Lasha Antadze is the TechStars 2018 Graduate & Founder of the decentralized e-commerce solution “Shelf.Network”. Startup serves as an infrastructure for cross-border synchronized trades among multiple online marketplaces. In 9 month, Shelf quickly gained momentum around the world and won innovation awards as the best real world use cases of blockchain technology with $1M investments terms. Shelf raised another $1.1M from Japanese largest industry player and secured 5 year license contract to distribute its tech for the South-East Asian countries. The startup awards include:

Lasha Antadze is the TechStars 2018 Graduate & Founder of the decentralized e-commerce solution “Shelf.Network”. Startup serves as an infrastructure for cross-border synchronized trades among multiple online marketplaces. In 9 month, Shelf quickly gained momentum around the world and won innovation awards as the best real world use cases of blockchain technology with $1M investments terms. Shelf raised another $1.1M from Japanese largest industry player and secured 5 year license contract to distribute its tech for the South-East Asian countries. The startup awards include:

• Frontier Innovation Award – the Best Real World application of blockchain technology;

• Winner of BlockShow 2018 – Oscar Award as the best European blockchain startup;

• Winner of Automeckanika Innovation Award – largest automotive fair;

• Finalist of the best global re-marketing solution for FleetEurope, among the biggest industry names such as BCA, Manheim and Autorola.


NOTE: tickets help support the Startup Grind but we also want to include everyone.  If you are a student or on low income you can use code student75 for a discount. 

Volunteer opportunities are also available.

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International Angel Investing Expert @ Presidential Palace Sunday- Early Registration Required

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How do you select startups to invest in? How do you build a profitable portfolio of high-growth companies? How do you deal with early stage investments being so risky?

Join one of the top angel investors in Europe, and the founder of Go Beyond investing platform to learn about what angel investing is and how it can be a part of even modest investment portfolios.

Brigitte Baumann has been named an angel investor of the year in Europe, served as president of the European Business Angels Network, personally invested in almost 100 companies, and was named one of the Top 50 Women in Startup and VC in Europe. Now she leads Go Beyond, an online angel investing platform. She joins us as part of the EU Early Stage Investment Launchpad project spanning Europe.

Join her at the Presidential Palace in Tbilisi to celebrate the entry of Georgia into this Europe-wide network developing angel investing across dozens of countries.

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Guest Amirsan Roberto on China, Marketing Blockchain & Leveraging Linkedin!

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Amir is a serial entrepreneur, pioneer in transforming businesses digitally, Blockchain expert, ICO advisor, and China knowledge sharing platform researcher.

His more than 10 years of expertise in China-centric digital infrastructure, AI-led marketing, sales, and content localization comes from founding two startups in China and Australia, and co-founding a startup based in China/US with offices in California, Shanghai, and Taiwan that was funded by Chinese venture capitalists.

With the founding of WiredIn, Amir`s knowledge about the digital power in China made him an expert in social media, digital marketing/strategy, digital storytelling, and content management. His startup, Roberto&Co., helped over 40 brands in more than 12 industries. Clients included Adecco, Shanghai Business Review, AmCham, Angel Jet Network, among others.

Following the M&A of Roberto&Co. and his successful exit at WonderWiki, Amir turned to transforming LinkedIn branding by helping blockchain startups create online impressions, attract professionals across all industries, and call to action to partner, do business, attract VCs, and more.

During this time, Amir also acted as a Head of PR at TEDx Shanghai Chapter. In this role, he worked with some of the brightest minds, including change catalysts, thought leaders, and startup communities across all industries.

Since 2017, Amir has been working with Genaro Network as Head of CIS, where he simultaneously runs multiple projects and helps emerging Blockchain startups across mainland China and the APAC region with their strategic developments, investment needs and meetings with Crypto funds.

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Startup Grind, Thursday: Getting Serious About Blockchain, with Tamar Salant

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Startup Grind is a global community where people who have founded startups, want to found startups, fund them, want to work for them, or just learn about them gather.  Tbilisi hosts one of the chapters and is part of a million-person global community.  Come meet Georgians, expats, and visitors who are helping to build our startup community. The first hour and last hour are for networking, making friends and finding ways we can help each other build a strong and successful startup community here.

Come ready to meet strangers or learn new things about people you already know.  And come ready to see how you can help others!  It can be as simple as boosting a Facebook post someone wants to publicize or helping someone solve a problem they have or find a good employee. Come, join us for some food and drink and great conversations as we grow our startup community!

With experience spanning from Israel to Argentina to China, and from startups to government to leadership of business development for Neo blockchain Tamar has a broad perspective on blockchain, how it plays in different markets from Latin America to Asia.

Now that cryptocurrency prices have declined and the hype has turned into a dull roar we look forward to a conversation with Tamar about where blockchain is in its development and applications and how students, developers, and investors can look at the long-term evolution of this new field.

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The Most Successful Georgian Startup? Startup Grind: Meet George Arison Who Raised $110MM for Shift

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Startup Grind is a global community where people who have founded startups, want to found startups, fund them, want to work for them, or just learn about them gather.  Tbilisi hosts one of the chapters and is part of a million-person global community.  Come meet Georgians, expats, and visitors who are helping to build our startup community. The first hour and last hour are for networking, making friends and finding ways we can help each other build a strong and successful startup community here.

Come ready to meet strangers or learn new things about people you already know.  And come ready to see how you can help others!  It can be as simple as boosting a Facebook post someone wants to publicize or helping someone solve a problem they have or find a good employee. Come, join us for some food and drink and great conversations as we grow our startup community!

This month it’s a very special guest, perhaps Georgia’s most successful startup founder. George Arison (born “Irakly Areshidze” ) is a Georgian-born entrepreneur in San Francisco who founded Shift Technologies which has raised over $110,000,000 in investment and is poised to raise more this year for expansion.

Shift is an online, peer-to-peer, marketplace for buying and selling used cars. Prior to Shift, in 2007, he co-founded Taxi Magic, today known as Curb. This was a ride-hailing app even before Uber!  He worked at Google as product manager where he gained knowledge and contacts,  and also at Boston Consulting Group.

George brings a wealth of experience and connections from Silicon Valley and roots here in Georgia!

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Your VC Needs A Billion Dollar Exit. You Do Not.

“When I was fundraising for my first two ventures, it was universally accepted that you needed a slide at the end of your pitch that focused on exits. It was common for the slide to list a series of potential acquirers, their markets caps, along with standard industry multiples—even a completely made up potential acquisition price for your company. I’m glad that fiction is gone, and we’re dreaming bigger and thinking longer term now. However, overly bold visions can come at the entrepreneur’s expense… Read More

10 Things You Must Do From Day One So Your Startup Thrives according to entrepreneur.com

From the 10 Things You Must Do From Day One So Your Startup Thrives, #2 is to Learn from and connect with other.

“Visit your competition, introduce yourself and develop a good relationship with them. Refer customers to them when it makes sense and don’t be afraid to ask them for help or advice. Even though you and your competitors are offering similar products or services, you each have your own specialization. Instead of fearing that competition, give them credit for what they excel at. Believe it or not, that will be reciprocated.”

As it’s written in Entrepreneur’s article, “there’s definitely no shortage of amazing advice out there”. Our advice for you would be to start getting known with Georgian Startup ecosystem by attending Startup Grind events regularly.  Learning from experienced speakers and keeping up to date with other startups might contribute a significant part in your future success.

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See Full Article: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/309818

Silicon Valley Veteran Entrepreneur and Global Advisor with 20 Years in Tech

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Scot Rafer will be speaking at Startup Grind Tbilisi on 5th of July, 2018. Georgian Startups and other interested people will have the unique opportunity to get known with an experienced entrepreneur who can share stories about life in startups and how he has founded companies, raised money and developed to be an international advisor.

After 20 years running software startups, Scott Rafer is focusing on being the sidekick to a few great founders in marketing automation, marketplace seller services, and e-commerce delivery. There is a business plan at the intersection of those three burning in his brain, but he’s got that under control for now.

Startup-wise, Rafer was most recently SVP Corporate Development at Nanigans. Until its 2013 acquisition by Nanigans, Rafer ran Lumatic, MyBlogLog, a social network of bloggers, which Yahoo! acquired in 2007. The list goes downhill from there for a decade.

Before most of the startup work, Scott headed-up the Internet products group at Kodak Hollywood, worked in investment banking at Needham & Company.

Scott Rafer is also Co-Founder and a Member of the Board of Directors at Mashery (acquired by Intel), ShopPad, Boomset, Boostable, Delivr and Zemanta.

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“The Unicorn Whisperer” – Zach Coelius on 4 Exits and Investing in a Unicorn

Zachery Coelius is currently an early stage technology investor and advisor. His notable investments include Cruise Automation (bought by GM for $1B+), Branch Metrics, SkySafe and over two dozen other startups. He is an advisor to twenty companies including Hellosign, Swarm (bought by Integral Ad Sciences), Balanced Payments (Stripe) and many others.

Mr. Coelius is also four-time entrepreneur. In his last company he was the co-founder and CEO of Triggit, an advertising technology company that was one of the first Demand Side Platforms, where he raised over $25m in venture capital and exited in 2015 to Linkedin and another financial buyer. He ran Triggit from 2005 to 2015, growing it from 4 to 60 employees and over $30m in revenue.

Zachery attended the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate where he was named by the USA Today as one of the top 20 college students in the nation in 2004. He was also the recipient of the George Mitchell scholarship where he received a master’s degree in International studies at the University of Limerick.

Startup Grind Tbilisi will host him on Monday, 25th of June at 6:00 PM at Terminal (Address:Terminal, 34 Abashidze Street, Tbilisi, 0179).

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